|Besides the DEEP FRIED SNICKERS BARS, |
this was the ONLY food at the County Fair that was vegetarian!
Does that ever happen to you when trying to choose curriculum to use with your homeschooled children?
Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curriculum. She has reviewed hundreds of homeschool curricula to help educators like me make an educated decision when shopping for homeschool curriculum. So as soon as I see a product has been approved by Cathy Duffy, I am more likely to trust it. Here’s a handful of Cathy-approved educational picks available at Educents.com. I hope these double-recommended educational resources will relieve you from endless hours of shopping around for the best (and most cost-effective) homeschool resources.
Elementary Math & ScienceIf you haven't heard of Life of Fred, you're in for a real treat. Dr. Stanley F Schmitt is a math teacher who developed story-based math learning series that has taken homeschooling by storm! Forget rote learning that doesn't resonate: learners follow the Fred and his pals through life and learn math concepts along the way. Kids sometimes don't even know they're learning math until they're told! Each book has a topic, like Apples, Butterflies, and Cats. I recommend supplementing math learning with science of social studies of the same topic!
Elementary Reading & WritingI can't say enough for story-based learning. It's one of the oldest ways we've learned from each other - starting with fables that teach us to be good to one another. Grammaropolis is a great tool for K-3rd grade learners on their quest for perfect English grammar, which isn't always straight forward! This set comes with animated shorts, music videos, books and quizzes, so you've got a lot of learning styles covered. Price: $40, down from $50
Middle School MathI really can't say enough about the Life of Fred series! Kids learning algebra and beyond will enjoy the stories and learn the concepts through holistic learning. If your learner is new to Fred but at a more advanced level, it has been recommended that they start from the beginning. That said, re-learning a few known concepts in the Life of Fred framework will help them get up to speed with story and succeed with the series. Price: $34.08 down from $38 at Educents.
As your kiddos get older you may also like to instill strong financial decision making. The Life of Fred Financial Choices book is a great intro. And if we're being honest, there's never a bad time time for parents to brush up on this! Price: $15.99 down from $19.99
Middle School Social Studies
Science for the FamilySummer is a great time to get the whole family involved with experiments to foster learning and family bonding! This set comes with four science kits at $16 (a $35 savings) with topics covered:
- Weather - learn about rainbows, tornadoes, the greenhouse effect and more.
- Going Green - learn about recycling, compost, and making new paper out of old!
- Solar Energy - watch solar energy inflate balloons and spin a top
- Wonders of Nature - build and ant hill, dissolve an egg shell, do an animal tracks exercise